President Obama is huddling with Vice President Joe Biden and top staff as he prepares his executive action on immigration reform. Aides tell reporters he will act soon.
“I can’t wait in perpetuity when I have authorities that, at least for the next two years, can improve the system, can allow us to shift more resources to the border rather than separating families; improve the legal immigration system,” he told reporters. “I would be derelict in my duties if I did not try to improve the system that everybody acknowledges is broken.”
Obama appears delighted about the results of his trip to Asia from which he just returned. Shaking off his party’s dismal showing in the midterm elections, Obama spent a week visiting Australia, China, and Myanmar, as well as attending meetings with world leaders.
During a news conference, Obama noted his accomplishments on trade, the fights against ISIS and Ebola, and the “historic” agreement with China on climate change. The President claimed he has political momentum as he returns to Washington.
“If you ask me, I’d say that’s a pretty good week. The American people can be proud of the progress that we’ve made,” he said. “I intend to build on that momentum when I return home tomorrow.”
The President has three meetings at the White House, all closed to the press. There will be no White House press briefing on Monday.